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3 Reviews by Blogging Authors

My writing PLN (professional Learning Network) pretty much revolves around blogs and the authors who share their insights and advice through the online blogs. When I have a question, I often go there first, before digging through my shelves of self-help writing books. Along the way, I’ve read many of their books. Here, I want to share those that I’ve particularly enjoy and think you might too.

  • Rufus is a series of vignettes about a free-spirited dog who shares his life with readers.
  • Murder in White Lace is a cozy mystery set in the most unusual place: a bridal salon
  • The House on Tenafly Road — Civil War history that’s personal and authentic


by Terry R. Barca

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the story of Rufus, a clever, independent, and fascinating dog anyone would love to call friend. He takes care of his mistress when she’s not writing, but in between, when she’s lost in her words or traveling, he takes care of the dog community in his neighborhood. And shares the stories of his canine friends with us.

I keep this book at the ready on my Kindle for those times when I end up with 5-10 minutes to spare between appointments, waiting on a doctor, or need a mental break. The book is written like vignettes, organized around the central theme of Friends of Rufus, each story just a few pages (with the rare and pleasurable exception of longer stories). When I finish Rufus, I’ll be getting the next in the series. I love having Rufus and his canine logic and wisdom in my life.

Murder in White LaceMurder in White Lace 

by Karen Sue Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Karen Walker’s debut cozy mystery, Murder in White Lace, is about homicide in a bridal salon. Max Walters is working as a bridal consultant while trying to decide what direction her life should go when a client passes out and dies while trying on her bridal gown. Quickly, her death becomes murder and Walters finds herself embroiled in trying to solve it. Though she’s never been even an amateur sleuth, with the help of delightful co-worker Keiko and handsome Detective Cruz, she finds she has a talent for unraveling the clues.

This is a delightful story–the start of a series, I’m told–and a must-read for aficionados of Murder She Wrote and the Heather Wells series.

The House on Tenafly RoadThe House on Tenafly Road

by Adrienne Morris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Civil War veteran and morphine-addicted John Weldon marries into the comfortably suburban McCullough family on the eve of Reconstruction and the Indian Wars, life gets complicated. For one thing, how can he hide his cravings from a family that admires him? And how can he retain his position in the Army? Probably the most important, how can he kick this habit so it doesn’t destroy everything he’s built?

Book 1 in the series, this is a carefully-researched story that chronologues a Civil War veteran’s life when he returns to a peacetime world. The plot is fascinating, characters real, and the setting probably one of the best parts of the book. As a history buff, I could barely put this one down. It’s no surprise that this is a Historical Novel Society Editors’ Choice.

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy and To Hunt a Sub, her debut fiction. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her nonfiction books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

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  3. Three widely different genres and ones I could happily read. Rufus has me going all soppy…murder in a bridal salon…and then Adrienne’s brilliantly researched & detailed book. Thank you for sharing these three.

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